They’re doing a remake of “The Prisoner”
Posted: 11 November 2009 05:33 AM   [ Ignore ]
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What a horrible, horrible, horrible idea. Horrible. Some things are amenable to remakes. Some are not. “Citizen Kane” should never be remade. And neither should “The Prisoner”.  My dear old mom, who first turned me on to “The Prisoner” (and who sadistically refused to tell me who Number 1 really was, when I ran to the bathroom for a minute during the final episode and missed Number 1’s climactic unmasking) must be spinning in her grave right now.

Did I mention that this is a horrible idea?

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Posted: 11 November 2009 11:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Well, you’re probably right, though I think it’s encouraging that Ian McKellen will be involved.  He should lend the new series some gravitas.  It has been good to see the old shows again, though—they’ve been showing them on IFC.

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Posted: 11 November 2009 01:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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ciceronianus - 11 November 2009 11:57 AM

Well, you’re probably right, though I think it’s encouraging that Ian McKellen will be involved.  He should lend the new series some gravitas.  It has been good to see the old shows again, though—they’ve been showing them on IFC.

McKellen is a treat whatever he’s in. Thanks to the magic of Netflix(tm) I was able to enjoy a reimagining of Richard III as a 1930s-era Fascist dictator. McKellen was brilliant.

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Posted: 11 November 2009 02:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yes, it’s hard to imagine The Prisoner in any form but the original. Then again, I dreaded and railed against Star Trek: The Next generation until I actually started watching it (two years into the run), and I really liked it. I’ll try to keep an open mind, I guess.

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Posted: 12 November 2009 03:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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mckenzievmd - 11 November 2009 02:56 PM

Yes, it’s hard to imagine The Prisoner in any form but the original. Then again, I dreaded and railed against Star Trek: The Next generation until I actually started watching it (two years into the run), and I really liked it. I’ll try to keep an open mind, I guess.

Hmm, that’s a good point. I quickly came to prefer ST:TNG to Classic Star Trek. A lot of it had to do with Picard’s calm, sane leadership vs. Kirk’s carpet-chewing rants. In any real-world Federation, Kirk would have
been relieved of duty and put under the care of mental-health professionals. wink

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Posted: 12 November 2009 04:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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mckenzievmd - 11 November 2009 02:56 PM

, I dreaded and railed against Star Trek: The Next generation until I actually started watching it (two years into the run), and I really liked it.

Very true ... though what little of the series’ I saw after TNG I didn’t like.

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Posted: 16 November 2009 07:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I saw part one of The Prisoner last night, and I’m still withholding judgement.  It reminds me more of “Lost” than The Prisoner I remember!

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Posted: 16 November 2009 09:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I watched a bit.  Seemed fine, but a lot of whispering and mumbling.  I had to turn the volume waaaay up to hear anything.  But then the ambient noises were too loud, forcing me to lower the sound.  Then I couldn’t hear the mumbling, so….

I switched to another channel.

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Posted: 17 November 2009 10:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I saw some of it, and was not impressed.  Overwrought and histrionic; cluttered and silly.  They should have left it alone.

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Posted: 17 November 2009 01:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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ciceronianus - 17 November 2009 10:34 AM

I saw some of it, and was not impressed.  Overwrought and histrionic; cluttered and silly.  They should have left it alone.

Reminds me of that great quote from Robert M. Pirsig, something along the lines of “instead of always asking ‘what’s new?’, we’d be better off if we asked a much more important question: ‘what’s best?’ ”

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Posted: 18 November 2009 10:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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If you tuned out, you didn’t miss anything.  Soon into part 2, I lost interest, but I kept watching, hoping it would eventually make sense.  It didn’t.  A bunch of random events, signifying not very much.

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